Autumn Equinox

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year.

The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally. It is also known as Mabon. Let us take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark and give thanks to the waning sunlight as we store our harvest of this year's crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer were appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

There are various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat: The Second Harvest Festival; Wine Harvest; Feast of Avalon; Equinozio di Autunno (Strega); Alben Elfed (Caledonii); or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter's Night, which is the Norse New Year.

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